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Child Youth & Family Studies

What is this programme about?
The Master of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies will provide learners with critical thinking tools to enable them to manage and lead services that develop the potential of children, youth and families and visualise new possibilities for better service provision in the sector. The programme is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the sector and to provide future leaders of child, youth and family services in Ireland and abroad.

The programme will provide learners with critical understanding of concepts and approaches to enabling individuals and groups to realise their potential as human persons and participative communities. The programme aims to educate learners to high levels of contemporary and comparative theoretical awareness in fields central to services provision (transitions across the life span, cultural diversity, youth and families) and to create an atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and writing.

Learners will develop a deep and integrated knowledge of contemporary Child, Youth and Family theory and practice, and the sector within which Child, Youth and Family services operate.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme? Graduates from the Programme will be:
• Knowledgeable
• Analytical & Creative
• Ethical & Responsible Future Leaders
• Research Literate
• Critical Thinkers
• Collaborative

Graduates will be equipped to manage and lead Child, Youth & Family organisations. They will be able to contribute to and develop the strategy of that organisation and will take up positions as the future leaders of such organisations.

Potential employers include:
• Community based organisations and projects both at a voluntary and statutory capacity

• National rights focused organisations and advisory groups

• Family support services

• Services catering for the care, education and advocacy of children and families in society.

Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to development and planning for such services. Graduates will be in a position to critically evaluate existing services and programmes and to visualise future possibilities for better service provision.

The programme will meet the needs of professionals who are already working in the area of social care/work, early education, youth and family work and related areas. It will also serve to provide new graduates with a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge prior to embarking on a career in these fields or in the field of academia.

Entry requirements

What are the minimum entry requirements?
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care Level 8, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies Level 8, Bachelor of Arts in Social & Community Studies Level 8, Bachelor of Arts in Youth & Community Work Level 8 or equivalent (minimum 2nd class honours).

Graduates of Level 8 degrees in Social Sciences or cognate area (minimum 2nd class honours).

Candidates with significant experience in the social sciences (as determined by RPL), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Criteria to be considered will include academic qualifications, recognition of prior learning.


2 years. 2 nights per week 7.00pm - 10.00pm.

Careers or further progression

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates of the programme may progress to a PhD programme of study in the discipline areas, in Ireland or abroad. Graduates of the programme may also be eligible to progress to a professional doctorate in the field of Child, Youth and Family Studies in both Irish and international Institutions.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Wicklow County Campus
Clermont House
Rathnew, County Wicklow
Tel: 0404 67125

Subjects taught

What will I study?
Contemporary Issues in Childhood & Youth Studies
Applied Psychology
Perspectives on Family & Society
Leadership, Strategy & Governance
Research Methods & Dissertation

Plus Two Electives (subject to availability):
Youth Justice
Child & Family Rights
Addiction Studies
Adult & Community Education


Exam Information:
Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable be examined in week beginning 14th December 2015. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable be examined in May 2016.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon Friday 19th August 2016

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 26th August 2016

Course fee

€3,700 per year.

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 10th September 2016

Courses Commence
Monday 12th September 2016

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